Alumnus took multifaceted approach to choosing the right college April 3, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala For Vikas Nookala, graduate of the class of 2012 (and my older brother), making the final decision about where to go to college was mainly based on the quality and reputation of the school’s biology program. read more » Boys’ golf: Team undefeated after key matches April 3, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala After winning 195-228 and 195-210 against Lynbrook and Wilcox, respectively in a dual match on March 25, the boys’ golf team remained undefeated. The team’s record was 9-0 as of March 28. read more » APES students take annual field trip watch elephant seals April 3, 2013 — by David Sparkman and Priyanka Nookala Students taking AP Environmental Science, commonly known as APES, went on a field trip to the Año Nuevo State Reserve to watch elephant seals on March 14 and 15. read more » Chess team places fourth at county tournament April 3, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala and Minu Palaniappan At this year’s county tournament held on Feb. 2 at Monta Vista High, Saratoga was represented by an unusually small group of three players read more » Assembly and systems test: the final step for robotics team February 4, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala During the final stage of build season, the mechanical science and engineering team (M-SET) works on perfecting the robot in its final form and testing it as a cohesive unit. The team delegates the parts that need to be finished and mounted on the robot. read more » Boys’ golf: Team is ready for a better season February 4, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala The boys' golf's last season went fairly well but not as well as the team had hoped. The team placed second in league finals, struggled in CCS and was eliminated in the first round. read more » Robotics strategy: analyzing and planning the game February 4, 2013 — by Priyanka Nookala The key to a successful competitive robot starts with a carefully considered strategy. read more » School hosts MLK Service Day; students take time to give back February 2, 2013 — by Michelle Leung and Priyanka Nookala Approximately 135 students came to school for three hours on Martin Luther King Day to participate in National Service Day. read more » Chess club plans intramural tournaments open to everyone December 16, 2012 — by Minu Palaniappan and Priyanka Nookala The chess team ended its league play with a tie against Leigh High on Nov. 13 and placed fourth overall, after narrowly missing third to Menlo Park High. read more » Former ranger shares self-defense techniques December 16, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala Before he became a special education teacher in 2011, Danny Wallace was an emergency medical technician who rode along with the San Jose Police Department and worked as a ranger in Almaden Lake Park. read more » Interact celebrates 50th year with notes of kindness December 12, 2012 — by Jade Bisht and Priyanka Nookala The week of Nov. 5 celebrated the 50th year since Interact was first created club as an international club. read more » School hosts PSAT November 8, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala More than 500 sophomores and juniors reported to their assigned classrooms to take the PSAT on Oct 20. The test lasted from 9 a.m. to noon and staff members proctored the test in each classroom. read more » Chess team hopes to build on past success October 27, 2012 — by Minu Palaniappan and Priyanka Nookala Not long ago, the school's chess team was the best in the state. For six straight years from 2004-2010, the team won consecutive state titles. read more » 36 seniors named National Merit Semifinalists September 28, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala Thirty-six students were selected as the National Merit Semifinalists for scoring in the top 1 percent of students nationally on the PSAT. read more » United Airlines compromises customer service September 26, 2012 — by Sophie Mattson and Priyanka Nookala Air travel should be a safe and pleasant experience for everyone, and airlines typically take it upon themselves to ensure passengers can sit back and enjoy the flight. However, for 10-year-old Phoebe Klebahn, the experience was far from desirable. read more » Parden places fifth in CCS finals June 4, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala Saratoga placed second in league finals on April 30 and May 1 with a total score of 428 and advanced to CCS on May 9. read more » Boys Golf: Team 10-2 after key matches, focuses on SCVAL finals April 25, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala After a close 206-204 loss to Milpitas on March 28 and a decisive 189-212 victory against them on the home course on April 2, the team record stands at 10-2. Junior Robbie Parden feels that in both these matches the team played well overall. He believes that the main factor in the March 28 loss was the team’s lack of knowledge of the course. read more » Boys’ golf: Falcons defeat Los Gatos 196-210 April 11, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala The Falcons clinched a satisfying victory against Los Gatos with a total score of 196 on March 22 at the Saratoga Country Club to give the team a 7-1 record. read more » Senior and alumnus build unmanned aerial system April 11, 2012 — by Priyanka Nookala The Defense Department envisions a day when unmanned drones—the kind being used in Afghanistan and Iraq—will be even more advanced and capable of real-time video. read more » Chess team places third in Bay Area League December 7, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala As the tough Bay Area Chess League neared its end, the chess team finished with a 5-3 record. read more » CrossFit strengthens staff bonds December 2, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala It's 6 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and special education instructional aide Jeanne Watson is in the weight room with a soundtrack of popular musicals playing in the background. read more » Red Zone brings students together at games November 2, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Priyanka Nookala School spirit at sports games has always been an important, though sometimes minimal, part of Saratoga High culture. This year, a “Red Zone” has been implemented at a few of the football games to try and attract students to create a student section and support the football team. read more » Marathons allow students and staff to help the community October 23, 2011 — by Evaline Ju and Priyanka Nookala Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running, running, running. Over the years, both students and teachers have developed interests in marathons and walks. They have enjoyed new experiences and have found satisfaction in becoming more active in the community. read more » Redistricting not a good idea for Campbell September 22, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala Since last spring, the Campbell City Council has been debating the implications of redrawing Campbell’s voting lines to satisfy state criteria by reflecting the population growth and varying demographics and income. read more » Underclassmen to have larger role in chess team September 19, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala Starting the week of Sept. 19, the chess team will begin its annual participation in the fall Santa Clara Valley Chess League, designed specifically for high schools throughout the Bay Area. This year the team members will use the league as an opportunity to encourage incoming freshmen and sophomores to contribute more to the team. read more » Select charities misuse donated funds September 12, 2011 — by Olivia Chock and Priyanka Nookala While the majority of charities help the less fortunate and further humane causes, a select few charities are fooling naïve donors and secretly using their funds for profit. While these charities sometimes donate to the causes they champion, they don’t tell the public that they keep a large portion of the funds for themselves. read more » Boys’ Golf: Strong season ends in disappointment at CCS May 18, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala and Vivian LeTran The boys’ golf season ended abruptly on May 10 for Saratoga when the team placed 10th out of 11 teams at CCS regionals at the Rancho Canada West golf course in Monterey. However, Saratoga had a successful 12-0 season and No. 1 player sophomore Robbie Parden won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) championship with a two-round score of 148. read more » Birthers need to grow up May 13, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala In a poll conducted by the Washington Post in April 2010, 14 percent of Americans believed that President Obama was not born in America. Obama’s birthplace has been questioned by many citizens and political figures who wrongly believe that he is not an American by birth. This was a widely debated question because only native-born U.S. citizens are allowed to serve as president under the Constitution. The ridiculous “birther” issue persisted until Obama released the extended version of his birth certificate on April 27, which confirmed beyond doubt that he was indeed born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. read more » Tournaments prepare 12-0 golf team for CCS April 26, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala Sophomore Robbie Parden, and seniors Andrew Cho and Kent Paisley, the top three starters of the boys’ golf team, have been crucial to establishing the current 12-0 record in the El Camino League. read more » Former mayor of Campbell inspires Saratoga teens April 26, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala The Saratoga Youth Commission hosted an inspirational lecture on April 7 at the Saratoga Civic Theater by Campbell city council member Evan Low, who told teens that youth involvement in government creates positive change in communities. read more » Increase in crime warrants increasing importance of safety March 2, 2011 — by Anika Jhalani, Paul Jung, Priyanka Nookala, and Will Edman The thieves had left her house in such appalling disarray that the junior girl still cannot erase the memory from her mind two years later. All the drawers and closets were open and almost nothing was undisturbed. Some jewelry along with hundreds of dollars of electronics, were missing—leaving their house feeling empty. read more » Seniors join boys’ golf roster February 28, 2011 — by Priyanka Nookala Team captain senior Kent Paisley has been spending his Monday afternoons practicing golf at the golf team’s home course, the Saratoga Country Club. With the help of physics teacher Bill Drennan, who is in his final year of coaching, eight players are hard at work preparing for their first league match of the season scheduled to take place on Feb. 28 against Santa Clara. read more » Politics wrongly overshadows emotional impact of tragedies February 9, 2011 — by Cecilia Hollenhorst & Priyanka Nookala Six people lay motionless in an Arizona supermarket parking lot, dead from the shots of a lone gunman. While most would first and foremost consider the immense tragedy of such an event, a surprising number of people shifted the focus of this massacre to politics after discovering the identity of one injured victim: Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat recently re-elected in a heavily Republican area. read more » Striving for ‘respect for all’ January 6, 2011 — by Denise Lin and Priyanka Nookala Rochelle Hamilton got up in the morning, just like her peers. She got ready for school and later arrived at Vallejo High School for just another school day. However, to some of the students and staff at the high school, she did not fit into the ideal of what a female student should be. Hamilton was lesbian. And that was enough to nail a target to her back. She was told by her school counselor to “change” her sexual orientation, for being lesbian was “a sin,” and would cause her to “go to hell.” read more » Calculus is as easy as pi for some sophomores November 7, 2010 — by Priyanka Nookala Sophomore Justin Chiang sits in his Calculus BC class working diligently to solve math problems. Of the six sophomores in calculus, Chiang is one of five sophomores in Calculus BC, the harder of the two calculus classes. read more » Online recommendation letters save time and resources November 1, 2010 — by Priyanka Nookala As September turned into October, English teacher Suzanne Herzman was extremely busy grading almost 90 essays from her English 11 Honors students. At the same time, she was writing many college recommendation letters for the early action applicants. By late October Herzman still had 25 letters to write for her students who chose to follow the regular decision timeline for applications. read more » Saratogans unite to fight lung cancer and remember beloved citizen October 4, 2010 — by Priyanka Nookala The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation sponsored the first ever Stride for Susie on Sept. 1 at Saratoga High School. More than 350 participants walked a distance of 5k or 10k in memory of Susie Vedantham Nagpal, a Saratoga councilwoman and SHS parent. read more » Foreign students move to US for new opportunities September 24, 2010 — by Priyanka Nookala and Michelle Shu Pulling her Audi convertible into the school parking lot, junior Mei Gao is ready to start the day. Struggling to hold her various textbooks, each as heavy as a brick, Gao looks and sounds like most other students on this Monday morning. Her English is polished, having a barely discernible accent that seems to diminish with each subsequent word she speaks. This is perhaps the only trace she has left of her native China, the country she left to pursue an education in the United States. read more » Chess team works to rebuild to defend state title September 24, 2010 — by Priyanka Nookala and Michelle Shu Although it is still the beginning of the year, the chess team is already preparing to defend its sixth straight state championship title next May, and since one of the top two players, Charles Sun, graduated last June, the team has realized the need to work even harder. “The team overall has to improve, although it’s really an individual effort to increase your own skill,” said club president Evan Ye. “Hopefully, chess club helps to inspire people including me and a lot of other team members to practice more chess.” read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.